Three years after closing its doors, students and staff have finally returned to the Lilydale TAFE campus.
Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert and Deputy Premier and Member for Monbulk James Merlino today opened the campus and met students on their first day of classes, after it was shut under the former Liberal Government thanks to their harsh cuts to TAFE and training.
The Andrews Labor Government made an election commitment to return vocational training and higher education to the Yarra Valley. That has been achieved with the reopening of the Lilydale campus, which was formerly part of Swinburne University.
The new Lilydale Lakeside Campus is now part of Box Hill Institute in partnership with Deakin and William Angliss, with more than 500 students so far signing up for a variety of courses at the campus.
Courses being offered on the site this year include carpentry, community services, hospitality, business, early childhood education, veterinary nursing and graphic design.
The Labor Government has invested $20 million in rebuilding training and higher education in Lilydale, with the new campus to offer vocational and higher education courses and will also include an integrated childcare centre.
A Biosecurity Centre of Excellence and Industry Research along with a state-of-the-art Tech School with leading-edge technology will also be a part of the site.
Anyone interested in enrolling in a course at Box Hill Institute’s Lilydale Lakeside campus in 2016, should go to www.boxhill.edu.au.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert
“We’ve delivered on our promise to reopen Lilydale and restore vocational education and training to the Yarra Valley community.”
“Returning TAFE to Lilydale is part of our vision to grow TAFEs in Victoria so that students can be confident they are getting high quality training to get the job they want.”
Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier and Member for Monbulk James Merlino
“It’s fantastic to finally see the hard work of the local community pay off.”
“This site will bring together childcare, school aged students and tertiary students to create a world class education experience.”